Cell phone usage at concerts has been brought up from time to time by metal artists. The most recent we've talked about is Nile's Karl Sanders, who said it straight up hurts his feelings when he sees people not involved in the energy of the show because they're too busy on their phone. In a recent interview with Pop Culture Madness (below), Clutch frontman Neil Fallon expressed a similar sentiment regarding the issue.
"First of all, do you really think those people are gonna spend much time watching those movies? They're not going to. They're gonna delete it when they run out of memory on their phone."
As a brief interjection, Fallon hits the nail right on the head from the get go.
"Music recorded is a static thing. Every time you listen to 'Four Sticks' by Led Zeppelin, it's gonna sound the same, but if you have the opportunity to see a band, that live experience — unless they use a lot of pre-recorded tracks — is gonna be a one-time event. And if you're spending your time [at the show holding up your phone and filming the concert], you're not participating in it. At least that's the way I feel. I kind of treat concerts the way I do a dinner — turn your phone off, you know. I don't get so irritated from the perspective of the stage. I mean, if someone wants to do that, fine, but just me, personally, I remember concerts much better from the '80s and '90s than I do a lot of these ones that have be en, kind of, with the phone. Like, 'Oh, I'm here.' 'I'm here too.' 'What are you doing?' 'The same thing you are.' Who gives a shit? [Laughs]"
What say you, readers? Personally, I agree with Fallon. I like to get involved in the show and have as much fun as humanly possible. I could care less if I'm able to watch the show again later on my phone or not- I remember what it was like because I was there. Plus, I'd rather not be watching the show through the screen of the phone of the guy in front of me. It's a respect thing for those around you just as much as it is for the performer!